2020 - 2021 High School Schedule

2020-2021 High School Class Description

 

Sample High School Course Plan:

While homeschoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency’s, Recommended High School Program may give you starting point.

The TEA Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts, including English 1 and English 2

  • 3 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I and Geometry

  • 3 credits of Science, including Biology

  • 3 credits of Social Studies, including World History OR World Geography, U.S. History (1877 to present), ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics

  • 1 credit of Physical Education

  • 1 credit of Fine Arts

  • 5 ½ credits of Electives

  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies

CG High School Course Plan:

At CG we plan to offer opportunity to take all of the Core Recommended Courses listed above.​Classes will be subject to teacher availability and interest level.

Yearly Classes:

Some classes, like English, Math, Science and History are offered every year regardless of class size.

Writing Classes - (Multiple Writing classes and Literary Analysis)

Math Classes - (Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II)

Science Classes - (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Anatomy & Physiology) Spanish - (1 and 2) Rotational Classes:

The following classes are in a rotation plan for every other year

Math: Personal Finance, a Consumer Math class

Social Studies: World History, Government/Economics (rotates with World Geography, US History) 

Logic & Debate

Worldview (rotates with Apologetics)

Elective classes: ​(These can change yearly, according to student interest and teacher availability. These are some classes that we have offered or there was interest in at one point. We are open to other classes as well when someone offers to teach it.)

Business Computer

Job Shadowing

Homemaking

Child Development

Life Skills for Girls

Life Skills for Boys

Drama

Photography and/or Yearbook

Art (a variety of options)

Music (Appreciation and Theory)

Way of the Master

SAT Study Class

Accounting

Other Classes: ​(Not offered at CG, but can count as a credit)

Driver’s Education

Physical Education (participating in a program at home or joining a Sports Program)

 

 

WRITING/LITERATURE

4 years of English are needed to graduate:

English 1, 2 and two advanced English courses.

 

Name of Class: English 1

Teacher:​ Gail Rittenhouse

Grade:​ 9th or higher

Class Fee​: $11

Minimum number of students​ 4

Maximum number of students ​12

Class Description: This will be IEW based writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers building and maturing their writing skills.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. All materials will be provided. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week.

Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Bible Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only)

  2. A ziplock gallon bag to hold Spiral notebook

  3. A ring to hold vocabulary cards.

  4. A homework folder

  5. Set of skinny highlighters. 

It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but it is not required.

 

 

Name of Class: English 2

Teacher:​ Jennifer Flanders

Grade: ​10th or above. (must have completed English 1)

Class Fee​: $11

Minimum number of students​ 4

Maximum number of students ​12

Class Description: This will be IEW based writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers building and maturing their writing skills.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. All materials will be provided. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week.

Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Advanced US History Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set (this set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/advanced-us-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only)

  2. a set of highlighters (unless student is proficient at highlighting on the computer.)

  3. a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin about midway through the year. (buy, rent, or check out – will be used for about 4 months)

Note: a folder to hand in work will be provided to students. It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but it is not required.

Name of Class: English 3 – Advanced English

Teacher: TBD​

Grade: 11​th-12th; (prerequisite Eng 1 and Eng 2)

Class Fee​: $10

Minimum number of students​ 4

Maximum number of students ​12

Class Description​: This is an advanced English course.

 

Name of Class: Literary Analysis – Advanced English

Teacher: Keli Sparks

Grade: 9th or above; (recommended to have completed English 1 and English 2 but can be taking Eng 2 concurrently.)

This class is rotational each year and will include different literature, poetry, and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Class Fee: $5 supply fee 

Maximum: 10 students

Minimum: 2

Objectives of this class:  To improve vocabulary, literary analysis, critical reading and comprehension skills. Exposure to literature. 

Description of the general class format: Students will participate in rhetorical discussions of weekly reading assignments. The Socratic method will be used to review material in class.

Description of homework assignments: Reading assignment and accompanying comprehension questions, analysis, and basic research as appropriate. 

Literature required: 

  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller 

  • Night by Elie Wiesel

  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, quizzes, and perhaps other special projects, per syllabus. Students will be required to keep up with weekly work by efficient use of syllabus, email, or text. Estimated homework time: Approximately 1 hour per day 

Supplies needed:

  • Highlighter, Pen, Notebook Paper

Supplies provided:

  • Folder for the students to turn in weekly assignments

MATH

3 math classes are required to graduate:

Algebra 1, Geometry plus 1 other. 

It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 Math classes.

 (All math classes will use Math-U-See curriculum) 

 

Name of class: Algebra 1 (CANCELLED for 2020-2021 school year)

Teacher: 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math. **Prerequisites: Students who did not complete Pre-Algebra at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.  The teacher will review the placement test results and let the parent know if the student is ready for Algebra I or if there are skills the student can work on over the summer to be prepared for the class in the fall.

Class fee: $10

Maximum in this class: 8

Minimum: 1

Objectives of this class:​ To expose the student to graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.

Description of the general class format: Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students by lecture and worked examples. Students will be asked to practice related problems in class and demonstrate to the teacher that they understand the concepts.

Description of homework activities:​

Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 45-60 min of work per day.

Textbook/supplies:

  1. Math-U-See Algebra 1 Student Pack, $44. [Save 10% on online store order by 4/30/20 with coupon code DL2020, free shipping] https://store.demmelearning.com/algebra-1-student-kit.html

  2. a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

  3. pencils

These items along with their workbook MUST be brought to each class.

Other important information:​

Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework. 

***Parental involvement is very important in proctoring tests as well as checking daily assignments​.***

Grading​: Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.  

Name of class: Geometry

Teacher: Crawford Cannon

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place.

The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

Class fee:​ $10

Maximum number of students in this class:​ 8

Minimum number of students: ​1

Objectives of this class:​ To equip the student with the ability to understand geometry concepts and successfully solve geometry problems and to establish a self-image of being capable and prepared for higher math.

Description of the general class format:​ Math-U-See Geometry has three main areas of emphasis. They are: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry, including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem, axioms and postulates, congruency, and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is included to prepare students for testing they may do before taking a trigonometry course. Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via classroom instruction. Classroom time will also include practice of the introduced concept and administration of 3 unit tests.

Description of homework activities:

​Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1/2 hour of work per day. Students will take weekly tests at home.

Textbook/supplies:

  1. Math-U-See Geometry Student Pack, $44  Save 10% on online store order by 4/30/20 with coupon code DL2020, free shipping. https://store.demmelearning.com/geometry-student-kit.html

  2. a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

  3. a scientific calculator

  4. protractor

  5. compass

  6. pencils

These items along with their workbook MUST be brought to each class.

***​Parents will need to proctor tests and grade by marking problems correct or incorrect. ​The teacher will then look over missed problems to help students understand their mistakes. ***

Name of Class: Personal Finance ​(​Consumer Math)

Teacher​:  Kelly Hall

Class fee​:  $10

Minimum number of students​: 2

Suitable ages​: 

It is recommended that students be at least 15 years old. Younger students should be mature and ready for upper level concepts and homework assignments.  The math is ​not​ difficult, and a calculator is encouraged.  You need to know math basics including fractions, percentages, and solve for x equations.

Description of the class​:

This class will introduce financial principles and the math behind them in the light of scripture.  Also, students will learn the basics of managing money helping them prepare for the ups and downs life before they enter adulthood by doing a six weeks virtual life project at the end of the year.  We will be doing prep work for this project throughout the year, so it is not overwhelming at the end.

Topics Covered: ​  

Personality Test / Choosing a Career ​/​Shopping / Best Values / Percentages / Car Buying and ownership​/ ​College Costs and Comparison / Loans / Interest​ / ​Income/ Taxes / Budgets / Real Estate Buying and Ownership​/ ​Banking / Investing / Check Writing​ / ​Cyber Security / ID Theft / Credit Cards​ / ​Resumes / Interviews /Cover Letters / ​ POA’s / Wills / Living Wills​      

Homework​:

There will be homework to be completed each week, expect to spend an hour a day x 4 days on this subject per week on average.  There will be test each week that should be proctored by the parent.

Textbook/supplies: ​

  1. Stewardship (2nd Ed.) Universal set (MUST be new, 2019 2nd Edition - $75) [Save 10% on online store order by 4/30/20 with coupon code DL2020, free shipping] https://store.demmelearning.com/stewardship-2e-universal-set.html

  2. Calculator encouraged, but not required

  3. Computer and internet access will be required for this class.

Name of class: Algebra 2

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: ​The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place.

The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

Prerequisites:​ ​Students who did not complete Algebra I at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.

Class fee:​ $10

Maximum number of students:​ ​8

Minimum number of students:​ ​1

Objectives of this class: ​To equip the student with the ability to factor polynomials, quadratic formula, graphing conic sections and other algebra 2 topics

Description of the general class format:​ Concepts for the week will be covered by the instructor. During most classes, students will be called to the board to practice related problems and demonstrate their understanding of the material.

Description of homework activities: ​

​Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1 hour of work per day. There are five problem sets to do per week, plus an honors assignment (that one will count as extra credit) and a multiple choice exam, which should be taken ​closed-book at home under parental supervision​. Students should be aware that partial credit can be awarded for missed test problems only if he/she shows their work on the problem in question.

Please note:​ ​

***Parents will be expected to check their student’s homework assignments every week before it is turned in and will need to circle any questions that do not match the answer key!! Solutions that do not match the answer key exactly are not necessarily wrong – sometimes a student’s answer will be in a different but still perfectly acceptable form. Circling non-matching problems simply alerts the teacher she needs to check the work on those problems and award credit for what (if any) part of the problem the student got right. Parents do not need to check the test solutions – the teacher will do that.

Textbook/supplies: ​

  1. Math-U-See Algebra 2 Student Pack, $44. [Save 10% on online store order by 4/30/20 with coupon code DL2020, free shipping]https://store.demmelearning.com/algebra-2-student-kit.html

  2. a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

  3. pencils

Other important information: ​

The textbook and all supplies are to be brought to class each week.

Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework.   

Grading:

Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form

SCIENCE

3 sciences are required to graduate; Biology and 2 others.

It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 sciences.

 

Name of the Class: Physical Science

Teacher: Leslie Breeden

Grade: 8th/9th

Cost: $10 per student per semester

Maximum # of Students:        10       

Minimum # of Students:           

Skills Needed:             This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.  It is recommended for 8th or 9th grade students who have completed General Science and Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra 1.  Math skills used in this course include converting measurement units, graphing, rearranging and solving equations, and multiplying and dividing fractions.  Students should display a maturity level appropriate for high school level work and be able to keep up with the workload. 

Class Description: The text discusses atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere.

Class Format: Class time is devoted to discussing, performing, and recording

experiments, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Homework: Students are provided a daily schedule of reading assignments and homework questions.  Assignments for each module may include Notes and Practice, OYO Questions, Lab Reports, Study Guides, Quizzes, and Tests.  Projects may also be incorporated into the class.  Occasionally, students/parents perform experiments at home that are not completed in class because of time.  The class pace is ½ module per week.  The required time is approximately 1 hour per day at home.

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition

Solutions and Tests Manual, 3rd edition

(The 3rd edition is new this year and can be pre-ordered from Apologia for 25% off until May 11 and at lower discounts thereafter.) 

An optional audio version of the book is available on MP3 CD or as an MP3 digital download from Apologia.  Audiobook versions are also available from Audible and iTunes.  See the Apologia website for more information.

Supplies:  scientific calculator,  1” binder,  package of dividers

 

Name of Class: Biology

Teache​r: Jeri Prestidge

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class​: This is a high school Biology credit, traditionally offered as a Freshman-level science class.

Prerequisite​: Successful completion of Physical Science is recommended prior to taking Biology.

Class Fee:​ $20 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class:​ 15

Minimum number of students for the class to make​: 3

Objectives of this class:​ This Biology class includes study of life from a Christian the perspective. This includes bacteria, chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, ecosystems and animal and plant kingdoms.

Description of the general class format:​

Most of the class time will be spent performing lab experiments and module discussion with powerpoint. We will use the microscope often, conduct experiments weekly, and participate in four dissections during year.

Description of enrichment or homework activities​:

50% of students grade will include this required work:

  • Daily reading at home while answering​ OYO​ (On your Own)

  • Memorizing of terms from the book

  • Completing​ Study guides

  • Writing ​lab reports​ as assigned

  • Completing ​test guide

  • Possible pop quiz and projects

50% of students grade: will come from Module tests. These tests will be taken at home, supervised by the parent and returned to the teacher to be graded.

Estimated homework time​: will vary according to student, but approximately 1 hour per day.​

Textbook/workbook information:​

https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-basic-set-biology-3rd-edition/

NEW Exploring Creation with Biology​ by Jay L. Wile, 3rd Edition, Apologia textbook plus Solutions and Test manual.

[The 3rd edition is new this year and can be pre-ordered from Apologia for 25% off until May 11 and at lower discounts thereafter.]

Other important information​:

Teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of student’s progress each grading period. If students fall behind, they will be asked to transfer out of the class. No late work is accepted. Please see policy form.

 

Name of class: High School Chemistry

Teacher​: Stephen Permenter

Suitable ages, abilities, or skills:​ High school students who have successfully completed Algebra 1. A math readiness test will be given to students to help ensure readiness.

Class Fee​: $5

Maximum number of students in the class​: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make​: 5

General Class Format​: Generally, each class will consist of a lecture by the teacher to cover the main concepts in the module and a lab(s) to reinforce the concepts. Depending upon the school calendar and the number of labs in each module, there may be one or two lectures over each module. This is not enough time to cover all topics/sections, the lectures are intended to be a help in conquering difficult concepts and to help in calculations and application of concepts. It is very important that the student is prepared for each class, having read their assignments and attempted problems assigned as daily work. Students will be performing labs that are supervised by the lab instructor. It is the student's responsibility to maintain and care for equipment used for experiments. (See policy form concerning damaged equipment)

Objectives of this class​:

To provide an aid in understanding the basic concepts of chemistry for the high school student. To perform chemistry experiments in order to enhance the students' understanding of chemistry principles.

Description of the general class format​:

Binders will be collected at the end of each module to check for completion of work. Chemistry experiments will be performed most weeks & students be required to complete a lab report on each experiment that is assigned. Lab reports will be graded on their content by the lab instructor.

If a student misses for any reason, including absence, the student must still write a lab report from the information given in the textbook.

Description of homework activities​:

Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will provide a suggested outline for their reading assignments, "On Your Own" (OYO) problems, and other daily work they are expected to complete and the non-flexible due dates for module work and tests. If a student adheres to the reading/daily work schedule, they will be prepared to meet the deadlines for tests and module work. ​ Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours a day to complete their chemistry work.

Textbook/workbook information:​

https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-basic-set-chemistry-3rd-edition/

This is a NEW edition for CG, but this text has been available for a couple years: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry 3rd Edition textbook plus the Solutions & Test Manual.

​[Apologia often has sales throughout the summer if you purchase new; if you purchase used, make sure you have the 3rd edition.]

A red, three ring binder of at least 2 inches, with 7 dividers, is also required.

NOTE:​ This is an upper-level class, therefore the teacher will assist in the learning process, but  each parent is still ultimately responsible for the education of their own child. A parent may choose to read the book with their student. As the teacher, it is my goal to help your student succeed in chemistry.

Grading Method​:

For most modules, 50% of the student’s grade will come from the daily work assigned and labs reports/lab participation and the other 50% of the grade will come from test grades. Late work will not be accepted. If absent, work should be mailed, emailed or texted or faxed to the teacher. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the due date.

Name of class: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: Susie Campbell

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is an advanced biology course. It is intended for junior and senior level students. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of biology. First year chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required to take this class. Apologia does recommend taking chemistry first.

Class Fee: $40 per semester

Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-10

Objectives of this class:

This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body's eleven organ systems in detail. We will learn the structure and function of the human body from the cellular to the organ system level.

Description of the general class format:

Most of the class time will be lecture format. We will also use the microscope frequently and perform three dissections during the year.

Description of enrichment or homework activities.

Daily Work- 50% of grade will include: Reading assignments, answering questions from the text, and completing a study guide for each module. Daily work must be checked by the parent or student prior to taking the test. Grades given will be for completion only.

Writing lab reports as assigned. These will be graded by the teacher.

Tests- 50% of student's grade will come from chapter tests.

These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.

Estimated homework time: Will vary according to student, but approximately one hour per day. A large portion of this course includes memorization. More time may be required for some students.

Textbook/Workbook information:

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition by Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Solutions and Test Manual

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Student Notebook (new)

 

Name of Class: Exploring Creation with Physics (Apologia​)

Teacher: Becky Berry 

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ ​High school students who have a firm understanding of Algebra and a basic understanding of trigonometric functions (including sine, cosine, and tangent functions) learned in Geometry. 

Prerequisite:​ Usually students need to have completed Algebra II, but if the student has a good grasp of math concepts, this course could be taken after Geometry. 

Class Fee: $10/year 

Maximum number of students in the class:

Minimum number of students for the class to make:

Objectives of this class: To provide a basic understanding of Physics for the high school student. To perform Physics experiments to enhance the students' understanding of Physics principles. 

Description of the general class format:​ Physics experiments will be performed each week & students will have time to ask questions about problems they have attempted to perform or about other concepts being learned. Description of homework activities: ​Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will outline the reading assignments & problems they are expected to complete.​  ​

Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours each day completing their Physics work.  Tests will be given to take at home. Parents are expected to proctor tests: they should be taken without notes or text.

Textbook/workbook information:​

​Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics Text Second Edition by Dr. Jay Wile (2nd edition is required) and solution guide. 

Other important information: 

This upper-level class will be taught in a way to help prepare students for college. The teacher will assist in the learning process, but it is the student who will be primarily responsible for learning the curriculum. The class time will consist mostly of performing experiments. There will be some explanation of concepts, but students are expected to do most of their learning on their own through the text. 

Grading Method: 

50% of students grade will include this required work: 

  • Daily reading at home while taking notes and completing OYO problems 

  • Writing Lab Reports 

  • Practice problems (parent/student check accuracy) 

  • Review Questions (parents/ students check accuracy) 

  • In class weekly quiz 

50% of students grade: will come from chapter tests. 

  • These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded. 

  • Tests are to be taken without book or notes, unless otherwise specified by the teacher. 

  • There will be a comprehensive final test at the end of each semester.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES
3 Social Studies Credits are required:
World History OR World Geography;
US History (1877 to present);
 ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics 

 

Name of Class: World History

[World History will rotate each year with US History]

Teacher: Elizabeth Earle

Class Fee: $5

Suitable ages/skill level: Recommended 9th-10th grade. This class is designed for high school students who read well and have the maturity to discuss an imperfect world in a godly manner. This book is written on a 9th/10th grade level. Critical thinking skills will be developed in this class.  Please contact me with any concerns about a teen’s readiness. 

Objective: This class is an overview of the world from creation to modern times with a biblical view.  Gain understanding of the forces, issues and events that have shaped our world.

Textbook: World History Student Text (fourth edition) from Bob Jones University.

Homework expectations: Reading from the text is required every week, with section quizzes assigned as homework.  Outside reading will also be required at times for projects.  Test may be closed book and taken at home. Homework will fall within the hour a day standard of Cottage Garden.

 

Name of Class: Government

[Government/Economics will rotate each year with World Geography.]

Teacher:  M Ridenour

Suitable ages and requirements for this class: 11th-12th grade

Credits: This ½ credit course will be taught the Fall semester of the year.

Class Fee: $10

Min to Max number of students in the class: 2 - 12

Class Description: Lessons cover federal, state, and local government and contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week.

Objectives of this class: Students explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government. We will follow the general election (candidates, stance/views, process, outcome, etc.) through discussion, as well as print and video media. Students will have a broad understanding of how elections impact the families, values, laws, enterprise, economy, and the foreign policy of our nation, and that understanding will empower them to be informed voters as they become of age and even inspire them to be involved and/or serve in our Republic in the future.  We will have FUN in this class!!

Description of homework activities:

1. Read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion. Approximate time required is 1 to 3 hrs/wk.

2. Students are expected to complete & turn in written work each week.

3. Students will have one election-related project that will be due and presented in class. (There will be an option to work with a partner to complete this project.)

Textbook/workbook information:

Please purchase the following curriculum (it may be new or used):

Exploring Government Curriculum Package - must be the 2016 version (cost $60 new) by Ray Notgrass and Student Review Pack - must be for 2016 version (cost $12 new).

             ***The Exploring Government Curriculum Package includes two books:

                                *Exploring Government

                                *We Hold These Truths

             ***Student Review pack includes Student Review, a consumable Quiz and Exam Book; and the Answer Key (please do not give the quiz, test, or answer key to the students)

Required supplies:

* The student is to bring pencils and/or pens to class (we will not be using laptops in class).

* Students will need one packet of lined paper.

* A 3-ring binder with dividers, syllabus, and more will be given to each student at our first meeting. 

Grades:

Coming to class with material read, participating in class discussions, having a respectful, learner’s attitude--20%

The other 80% of the grade will be based on correct answers valued at one point per question for each of the following:

Weekly student assignments

Weekly and/or bi-weekly quizzes

Three mid-term tests (material taken from student review and quizzes)

Election project/presentation (point value announced when assigned)

 

Name of Class: Economics

[Government/Economics will rotate each year with World Geography.]

Teacher: Joy Sutton

Suitable ages and requirements for this class: 11th-12th grade

Credits: This ½ credit course will be taught the Spring semester of the year.

Class Fee: $7

Min to Max number of students in the class: 2 - 10
Class Description/objectives: With a narrative, conversational style, Exploring Economics guides your student on a fascinating and relevant tour through the world of economics. Your student become a better steward of the money God provides and a valuable, informed contributor to the economy on the personal, household, local, national, and international level. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week.
Description of homework activities:
1. Read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion.  There are five weekly lessons with 10 questions (student review) for each lesson.  Approximate time required is up to 1 hour/day.
2. Students are expected to complete & turn in student review questions.
Textbook/workbook information:

Exploring Economics Curriculum Package - must be the 2016 version (cost $60 new) by Ray Notgrass and Student Review  Pack - must be for 2016 version (cost $12 new).
                ***The Exploring Economics  Curriculum Package includes two books:
                                *Exploring Economics, with 75 lessons divided into fifteen units of five lessons each.
                                *Making Choices, a collection of original source documents.
                ***Student Review pack includes Student Review, a consumable Quiz and Exam Book; and the Answer Key.
Required supplies:
* The student is to bring pencils &/or pens to class (we will not be using laptops in class).
* Spiral notebook to submit review questions each week.
Grades:
Weekly student review – 25%
Weekly quiz (given at home) with parent signature – 25%
Three mid-term tests (material taken from student review and quizzes) – 30%
Class participation and other assignments as appropriate – 20%

 

Foreign Language Offerings

{Foreign Language Studies is 2 credits} 

  

Name of class: Spanish 1

Teacher:​ TBD 

Suitable ages:​ This is a high school level course but a JH student who has completed the JH Spanish class could be considered.  

Class Fee:​ $10/semester 

Textbook/workbook information​: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 

Minimum number of students:​

Maximum number of students​: 12 

General description of the class:​ Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 

Name of class: Spanish 2

Teacher:​ TBD

Suitable ages:​ This is a high school level course

Class Fee:​ $10/semester

Prerequisite: ​complete Spanish I or pass my Spanish I final exam

Textbook/workbook information:​ Each student must have access to “Spanish II for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed.

Minimum number of students:​ 3

Maximum number of students:​ 12

General description of the class:​ Spanish 2 introduces students to conjugating verbs in Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 

Name of Class: HS Sign Language 2

Teacher: ​Meg Wingard

Class Fee: $10 

Suitable Ages/skill level:​ high school students - prerequisite HS Sign Language

Objective: ​Continued study of American Sign Language, involving facial grammar, body language, grammar and vocabulary. The class will include culture of the deaf community and conversational skills.

Class Description:​ This class will focus on cementing sign language vocabulary previously learned and using it in everyday conversation. New vocabulary will be presented as well how to use facial grammar and body language.  Two person conversations will be used throughout the semester.  This class is designed for enrichment and will not have written homework most weeks.  There will be assignments to practice for in- class presentations and tests monthly.

Textbook: ​ Basic Course in American Sign Language (Spiral-bound or Paperback) by Tom Humphries (Author), et al. MUST be 2nd edition. (blue banner across front of the book is in the upper left-hand corner on the cover if it is the 2nd edition). This book will be used as a dictionary for the course. 

Internet access will also be used to practice with online video dictionary at home.

Homework expectations: 30 minutes per day. Students MUST practice at home to be successful.

 

Fine Arts

Requirement for Fine Arts is 1 Credit

(1 full year; may be different classes) 

 

Course Name: Advanced Art – Painting

Teacher: Rebecca Helvey
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This high school level class will be for 9-12th grade
students that have taken a previous CG art class and are serious about studying art.
Class Fee: $35
Maximum number of students in the class: 10
Minimum number: 3
Description of enrichment or homework activities:  Most art will take place in the classroom due to the nature of the painting and time needed to dry.  There may be assignments that require the students to locate and bring in their inspirational ideas for a specific project. There may also be occasional quizzes and graded projects.  Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.
Textbook information: No textbook is required. 
Course Description: Students enrolled in this course will explore the fundamentals of art making through painting. Students will learn skills and techniques related to the application of art mediums such as; oil, oil pastel, watercolor, and acrylic paint. Students will also become aware of a variety of art styles, art periods, and artists throughout history.
                Acrylic painting: Participate in hands on demonstration of acrylic painting techniques, color mixing.
                Oil pastels: Participate in hands on demonstration of color mixing and oil pastel techniques.
                Watercolor painting: Participate in hands on demonstration of watercolor techniques.
                How does one make watercolor more transparent, opaque? Characteristics of a watercolor brush?
                Oil painting: Participate in hands on demonstration of oil painting techniques.
                Color mixing and color theory:
                                -Participate in hands on demonstration of color mixing.
                                -Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors Warm and cool colors Tints, Shades, and Tones Color
                                -Harmonies
                                - Basic techniques for creating color schemes
                                - Complementary
                                - Analogous
                                - Triadic
                                - Split-Complementary
                                - Rectangle (tetradic)
                                - Square-Monochromatic colors
                                -Achromatic
Required supplies:  
All supplies will be included in the class fee
Other Important Information:
Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various painting techniques. It is advisable to bring a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.  

 

Name of class: Principles of Art

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High & High School

Class Fee: $25 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class: This art class will focus on learning the basic principles of art using fun and engaging lessons and projects.

Description of the general class format:  Weekly lessons and hands-on projects will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of art & design, as well as develop their artistic skills and creative expression. In class, students will use a variety of techniques and media to create unique art pieces to take home. This class will be on a 3-year rotation with the classes “Elements of Art” and “Sculpture/3D Art”.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework for this class will be minimal, provided students focus on completing their work during class time.  Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.

Textbook  information:   No textbook is required.

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various art techniques. It may be advisable to bring a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.

 

 

Name of class:  Interactive Art History

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High & High School

Class Fee: $15 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class: This art class will focus on learning about the history of major art movements and famous artists involved in each.

Description of the general class format:  Weekly lessons and hands-on activities will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of art history, as well as develop their ability to understand and relate to various works of art, styles, and techniques. In class, students will learn through multimedia lessons, engaging activities, and experimenting with a variety of techniques and styles used throughout art history.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework for this class will be minimal, with occasional small assignments/projects.

Textbook  information:   No textbook is required.

Name of Class: Theater Improv

Teacher: ​Julia Allison

Students: JH and HS

Class Fee: $30 per semester

Class Description: students will learn the skill of improvisation and learn by doing in a hand’s on activity based environment. Students will learn how to think on their feet and become better actors, while expanding their repertoire and gaining important skills, not only for acting but for life.

Requirements: No theater experience required.

Homework: None, with no extra outside class time throughout the year.

 

Electives

Recommendation for Electives is 5 ½ Credits

(any combination of full year or semester courses)

 

Course:       Web Design & Development

Instructor:   Aaron Lynch

Dates:          8/17/20 - 11/30/20

Students:    High school level

DESCRIPTION:

If you are new to web design or web development, this introductory web design course is a great place to start. This twelve-week training course combines practical hands-on exercises with an overview of HTML and CSS code and tools necessary for building and maintaining web pages. Best practices including understanding how to develop for multiple browsers and devices is emphasized.

What You’ll Learn:

Learn the fundamentals of web design

Plan the content, structure and layout of your website

Learn to add color, backgrounds, graphics, typography, and layouts using HTML & CSS

Learn to troubleshoot and test across multiple devices, including mobile

Learn how to deploy your first web page to the world wide web

GOALS:

Students will develop an understanding of the aesthetic aspects of design and visual communication

Students will demonstrate cross-platform (web & mobile) storytelling skills

Students will develop and understanding of information design and usability as it applies to the web

Students will utilize coding and tools to analyze and present information in a web-based format

Students will gain an introductory level understanding of multi-faceted disciples needed to start down the path of learning web design and development
REQUIREMENTS:

Pencil, pen, and paper notebook

Personal laptop: Mac or PC

Battery needs to be fully charged when brought to class each week

Ability and permission to install required software:

Google Chrome – internet browser (free)

Sublime Text – code editing software (free)

WAMP (for PC) or MAMP (for Mac) – localized server software (free)

 

 

Name of Class: Health and Nutrition

Teache​r: Janet Mounce

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class​: This is a high school Health credit. 

Textbook/workbook information:​ ​Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition​ textbook and workbook by Dr. Laura Chase, published by Apologia Educational Ministries​.  Please see ​https://www.apologia.com/health-nutrition/ for more information.

Topics covered:  Food science: macronutrients, micronutrients, Importance of diet and exercise, human body systems, digestion, nutrition, and hydration, the five senses, Why health matters, Physical influences on thoughts and feelings, Mental & emotional health, Healthy interpersonal relationships, communication skills and conflict resolution skills, Personal hygiene, Alcohol and drug abuse, The gift of reproduction.

Please note: Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is a full health textbook for high school. Some students may not be mature enough to discuss some of the topics. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. We respectfully discuss the act of marriage, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. We discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. Please use your knowledge of your students to decide when this home school health and nutrition high school course is appropriate for their maturity levels.

I will communicate and discuss with parents concerning the handling of sensitive topics.

Prerequisite​: The ability to handle mature topics and write a paragraph.

Class Fee:​ $20 per semester

Max number of students in the class:​ 15        Min number of students for the class to make​: 3

Objectives of this class:​  At the core of this high school health curriculum is the understanding that humans are created in the image of the one, true God and are His image-bearers. As such, we are to steward His gifts to us with excellence. It is not an anatomy and physiology text, but this course covers the basics of how nutrients are absorbed by the body and which ones are essential to our diet. It is not a Bible study, but the author explains that a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only way to have true peace in life.

Description of the general class format:​ We will discuss the module content during class and interesting class activities will occur all through the year.  (Looking into possible CPR/First Aid Certification)

Description of enrichment or homework activities​:  OYO’s, study guide, projects, tests.  Projects and tests will be weighted more heavily. Homework time: approximately 30 min/3 days week.

Other important information​: Teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of student’s progress each grading period. If students get far behind they will be asked to transfer out of the class. No late work is accepted. Please see CG policy.

 

JH/HS Girls Fitness class

Teacher: Gina Lynch
Credits: ½ credit PE each semester. Taught in Fall and Spring
Grade: High School Girls
Cost: $10 (for copies and equipment)
Max students:  no max
Minimum: 3
Objectives: Each month we will have a Godly “focus”. There will be a weekly
scripture to go along with our monthly focus. We will talk about nutrition, healthy
tips and taking care of our bodies. Each class will consist of a cardio workout which
may include sports and physical fitness games.
Expectations:
-Participate in conversation covering our monthly focus
-Be active and moving during workouts.
-Memorize the weekly scripture
Requirements- Girls will need tennis shoes and may want to have comfortable gym clothes to change in to.

 

Life Skills for Young Men

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: JH/HS 

Class Fee: $20 for supplies 

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 4

Objectives of this class: Your junior high boy will learn both practical and fun skills.  Increase their confidence as well as camaraderie with the other boys. Other values of interest are Godliness, Kindness, Stoicism, and Determination.   

Description of the general class format: Class will start with a prayer and we will get started on an activity. Topics for lessons may include (but are not limited) how to: 

  • change a tire

  • jump-start a car

  • prepare a baby bottle, feed a baby, change a diaper 

  • fell a tree

  • pull-start an engine 

  • build a house-of-cards

  • paper airplane construction 

  • hammering nails, driving screws and bolts.

  • weigh pros and cons of a difficult decision 

  • grow a plant from seed 

  • repair damaged wall, paint 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will have very little or no homework. Students may need to bring certain items from home; for which parents will be advised. 

Textbook/workbook information: There is no textbook for life or for this course. 

Name of class: HS Boys Sports

Instructor: Tom Quezada​

Credits:​ 1 credit

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ High School boy

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Maximum Number of Students:​ 20

Minimum Number of Students:​ 3

Description​: The class will learn sports such as football, kickball, Dodgeball, baseball, etc. Students do not need to be proficient in any sport. 

Goal:  ​teach boys team building, team camaraderie, rules of sports and provide a way of getting exercise.

Name of class: JH/HS Swords

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert

Suitable for:​ JH or High School students

Class Fee:​ $30 per semester; (Additional $25 for students without a sword – 1 time fee.)

Maximum class:​ 6 Minimum class:​ 3

Objective:​ ​Students will learn the basic fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment. Students will need the following supplies: ​their own gloves which should be leather work gloves which can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc. 

 

Name of class: HS Advanced Swords

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert

Suitable for:​ High School students

Prerequisite: completed Beginner swords class; in HS

Class Fee:​ $30 per semester

Maximum class:​ 6 Minimum class:​ 3

Objective:​ ​Students will learn more advanced fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment. Students will need the following supplies: ​their own gloves which should be leather work gloves which can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.

 

Name of class:  Job Shadowing 

Teacher:​ Brandie Howell

Credit:​ ½ credit; this class is offered in the Fall only

S​uitable grades:​  16+ yrs 

Class fee​:​ $10.00/ semester 

Maximum number of students in the class:​ 6 

Minimum number of students in the class: 3​ Objectives of this class: 

  1. To identify skills for a career

  2. To expose students to skills needed to obtain a career

  3. Allow students to observe career opportunities 

Description of the general class format: 

The purpose of this class is to research careers and develop skills necessary to obtain a profession. In class we will work on discovering job interests and strengths. We will study job behaviors and proper attire. We will learn how to write a cover letter, resume and fill out an application. We will hold mock interviews and contact employers about possible job shadowing opportunities. Once contact has been made students will job shadow outside of class time. Description of homework activities: ​Reading text and completing book assignments. Homework will consist of getting to and from job shadowing locations. After observation students will have written assignments based on their experience. 

Text​:​ ​What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job

Other important information​: It will be very important for students to make contact and follow through with their obligations to the employer. A grade report and assignment sheet will be kept in front of their notebook. Grades will be given based on completion of job shadowing assignments and participation in class. Students will need the following supplies: 

-loose notebook paper

-1- 1/2-inch binder with dividers

 

Name of class: Yearbook

Teacher: Jessica Meyers

Credit: 

Class Fee: none

Minimum number of students in the class: 2

Students will need a camera or a smart phone to be able to take photos and upload them to the teacher. Everyone will take photos of Cottage Garden students and staff throughout the semester, and they will design a yearbook that will be available for everyone to purchase.

There will be minimal homework.Students will need keep their photos uploaded and might be asked to work on or design a page from home.

 

 

Name of Class: Cake Decorating

Teacher: April McDonald

Class description: Students will learn the basics techniques for decorating cakes; different tools and how to use them; how to make, color and store icing; tricks and tips for baking; and skills for making beautiful cakes.
Supplies: students will need an apron (the food coloring can be permanent). Periodically the students will bring a baked good for practicing techniques. (Baked good will be cake, cupcakes, etc.)
Max class number: 10
Class fee: $20

 

Name of Class: HS Worldview - Understanding the Times

This class curriculum will not be determined until we have a teacher.
Teacher: Catherine Pratt
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Recommended for mature 14 and up
Credits: 1 credit; full year course.
Class fee: $80  per year fee (includes text/digital materials license and copies); it is possible that a refund will be issued after the class count is determined. It may be $20-$25 lower depending on number of students enrolled and whether physical vs. digital textbook is desired. Refunds will be issued at the beginning of the new class year. Each student is required by copyright law to purchase a digital license, but students may share a physical textbook.
Maximum number of students in this class: 10
Minimum number of students: 3
Objectives of this class: To provide a guided tour of the answers to life’s ultimate questions in an atmosphere of genuine inquiry and community.  Understanding the Times examines the six most prominent worldviews influencing the world today (Christianity, Islam, Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, and Postmodernism), and it shows how their influence manifests in the culture and key academic disciplines operating in America’s institutions of higher learning (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Politics, Economics and History).
Description of the general class format:  A "flipped classroom" format is utilized in which students read the assignments and watch a video lecture at home prior to participating in discussion which is facilitated in the classroom.  Some additional "current event" video material is occasionally presented in the classroom as well.
Description of homework activities: Read a chapter from the text and any additional reading assignment, watch a video.   Student will work on memorization of the worldview chart throughout the year individually and as a group.
Textbook/supplies: SUMMIT digital worldview curriculum which includes the text in ebook format to be purchased through the instructor.  Physical textbook highly recommend, but optional.  Laptop recommended for in-class reference of digital text, but not required.  Computer needed at home to complete assignments.
Computer system requirements:
                Apple iOS: app (version 8.2 or higher)
                Apple OS: app for OSX (version 10.9 or higher)
                Most devices running Google Chrome: version 49 or higher
                Android Devices with Google Chrome: Android version 4.4 or higher
SummitU will not function properly on the following devices and browsers:
                Apple iPad 1
                Mozilla Firefox
                Apple Safari
                Microsoft Edge
                Microsoft Internet Explorer
Other important information: Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework in preparation for class discussion. Come ready to express your opinions, convictions, and doubts and be challenged to think biblically.   For more information on the curriculum, including sample materials, visit: http://understandingthetimes.com/overview/
Grading: Grading will be based on a five minute, in-class, weekly quiz, classroom participation in discussion, memorization of a worldview chart incrementally throughout the year, and a pass/fail end of year 10-minute oral presentation/discussion.  No other tests. 

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